What does an Inventory Clerk do?
Inventory Clerks work at warehouses and retail outlets to make sure that other employees have the supplies, raw materials or products necessary for optimal business operations. They determine the appropriate inventory controls for a business by determining how much of each type of equipment or merchandise they usually sell or use throughout the workweek. Inventory Clerks stock and count supplies and report any differences between the actual count and the stock levels in company records. They identify damaged, returned or mis-ordered inventory and fill out the appropriate paperwork for inventory write-offs.
Inventory Clerk skills and qualifications
In order to effectively manage a business’s incoming and outgoing flow of products and supplies, an Inventory Clerk should have the following skills:
- Ability to use inventory computer programs to update counts and compile reports, such as spreadsheets
- Mathematical and analytical skills
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Physical strength
- Physical stamina
- Excellent dexterity
- Attention to detail and organizational skills
Inventory Clerk salary expectations
No salary data could be found on Indeed Salaries for Inventory Clerk, but an Inventory Associate, a similar position, makes an average of $13.06 per hour. This pay rate may vary depending on a candidate’s education and level of experience.
Inventory Clerk education and training requirements
Inventory Clerk positions typically require a high school diploma or GED certificate. Though a college degree isn’t required, some companies prefer candidates who have completed an associate or bachelor’s degree or taken some college classes. Courses that focus on business math skills, business communication skills, accounting and human resources with a supervisory focus are useful for Inventory Clerks. Some employers also look for applicants who have enhanced their inventory knowledge with a certification, such as the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential offered by APICS, the Association for Supply Chain Management.
Inventory Clerk experience requirements
Much of the training for Inventory Clerk positions is done on the job. Employers typically look for Inventory Clerks with 1 to 5 years of experience working in a stockroom or other inventory positions, like Store Clerk or Warehouse Worker, though this may be less necessary if they have more education. Some organizations also look for candidates with supervisory experience, and Inventory Clerks who have computer and software experience are often sought out as well.
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